BALTIMORE — On Thursday the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference suspended all 2020 fall sports due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Made up of 11 historically black colleges across the Atlantic coast, the decision affects athletes at Coppin and Morgan State along with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Moving the fall sports schedules into the 2021 spring semester is under consideration, but no official decision has been made.
Currently the conference still plans to play winter sports as scheduled, unless conditions worsen or don't improve.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes continue to be our number one priority. We have made the decision to suspend all sports competitions after careful review of the current conditions and consideration of the potential exposure that regular travel to competitions may cause and ongoing extensive physical contact,” said Howard University President and Chair of MEAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick.
In the meantime, the conference says it will continue transitioning student-athletes back into team programs such as mental and physical health counseling, strength and conditioning with all safety precautions in place.